When the opportunity to play NCAA Division 1 school Syracuse University arose, Durham College women’s volleyball head coach Tony Clarke knew it would be a valuable experience for his program.
“This means a lot for each of our players and for the volleyball program at Durham,” Clarke states in a news release.
“Our goal going into the match was to work on aspects of our game, while learning from such a well-respected program and school. With their season just around the corner, they were in regular season mode, but I felt we held our own considering we haven’t held training camp yet.”
In the opening set, the Lords were neck-and-neck with the Orange, leading 21-20 late in the first. Unfortunately, Syracuse found a way to take the lead back and win the set 27-25.
Syracuse took over in the second, showing their “in-season” form, as they won 25-9.
Durham had a better third set, but the Orange continued to roll, using their outside power to take the set 25-12 and match 3-0.
The Lords will now look ahead to training camp, which takes place Sept. 12 to 15. The regular season will not open until Oct. 23, when the team travels to North Bay to face the Canadore Panthers.